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Southampton: Cedric suggests he will leave St Mary’s next summer

Southampton: Cedric suggests he will leave St Mary’s next summer

Southampton right-back Cedric Soares has admitted that he will most likely leave Southampton upon the expiry of his contract in the summer (via the Telegraph).

The 33-cap Portugal international signed for the Saints from Sporting CP in 2015 and has since gone on to make 124 appearances for the Hampshire outfit.

One of the senior figures among this current crop of Southampton players, Cedric, alongside captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, organised and led team meetings as the squad has pieced itself back together following the embarrassing 9-0 defeat to Leicester City a fortnight ago.

“We spoke between us, we came together as a group and said ‘sometimes it is better it happened now because there is time to react’,” Cedric says, in a recent interview with the Telegraph.

“Obviously nobody wants it to happen. But it happened and we have time to go from here. It’s a wake-up call. Come on boys, it’s up to us to do better and it’s also our careers. I think the group has this in their heads. You have to step up.”

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The 28-year-old spoke openly with the Telegraph, admitting that he will most likely move on from the club at the end of the season, when his contract expires.

“Obviously Southampton is very important in my career and always will be. But right now after this season I think I am going to make another step and see what is the best for me,” added the Euro 2016 winner.

A mainstay in the Southampton team prior to Ralph Hasenhuttl arriving at the club in late-2018, Cedric fell out of favour under the Austrian boss, with Yan Valery preferred ahead of him at right-back last term. He was loaned out to Inter Milan in January to get minutes, helping the Italian club into this season’s Champions League.

Since his return from Milan, Cedric had seen an increase in game-time under Hasenhuttl – starting five games in all competitions for the Saints – before an untimely calf injury sidelined him.

Cedric departing Southampton will be a blow for the club. He may have endured an underwhelming campaign last term before being loaned out, but upon his return and before his injury this season, his performances had been promising – notably against fierce rivals Portsmouth in the EFL Cup, where he scored in a 4-0 win over the Blues.

It’s evident from recent results that Southampton desperately miss Cedric’s experience at the back, so they will have to act quickly in finding a suitable replacement for him if – or more so, when – he does move on from the south coast.

Saints fans, how big of a miss will Cedric be for your team? Let us know below!

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